AutoGyro Cavalon

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Cavalon
AutoGyroCavalon.jpg
Role Autogyro
National origin Germany
Manufacturer AutoGyro GmbH
Status In production (2011)
Unit cost
52,500 (assembled, 2011)
Developed from AutoGyro Calidus
AutoGyro Cavalon

The Autogyro Cavalon is a German autogyro, designed and produced by AutoGyro GmbH of Hildesheim. It was introduced at the 2011 Aero show in Friedrichshafen. The aircraft is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Cavalon is a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration development of the tandem-seating AutoGyro Calidus. It features a single main rotor, an enclosed cockpit with a complete aerodynamic cockpit fairing, tricycle landing gear with wheel pants and a four cylinder, air and liquid-cooled, four-stroke, dual-ignition 100 hp (75 kW) Rotax 912 engine or turbocharged 115 hp (86 kW) Rotax 914 engine in pusher configuration.[1]

The aircraft fuselage is made from composites and is a faired teardrop shape to ensure smooth airflow over the variable pitch pusher propeller. Its 8.4 m (27.6 ft) diameter rotor has a chord of 20 cm (7.9 in). The aircraft has a gross weight of 450 kg (990 lb). The design incorporates vibration dampers that greatly reduce the level of main rotor vibration transmitted to the cockpit.[1]

Operational history[edit]

By December 2012 two examples had been registered in the United States with the Federal Aviation Administration, one in the Experimental - Amateur-built category and one status unknown.[2]

Specifications (Cavalon)[edit]

AutoGyro Cavalon

Data from Manufacturer and the World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12[3][1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Width: 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)
  • Gross weight: 450 kg (992 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 912ULS horizontally opposed four cylinder, liquid and air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 75 kW (100 hp)
  • Main rotor diameter: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed composite

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 160 km/h (99 mph; 86 kn)
  • Cruising speed: 145 km/h (90 mph; 78 kn)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 176. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (29 December 2012). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ AutoGyro GmbH (2012). "Cavalon - a new era". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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